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Handel & Gjeilo: Brilliance in Youth
Friday, May 16 2014
Sunrise: Symphonic Mass -Ola Gjeilo
With string orchestra.
Saint Luke the Evangelist Church
70 W. Main Street, Westborough
Written in 2008 and premiered in Oslo that November, this spiritually uplifting work is neither expressly sacred nor secular. It uses the traditional ancient texts even though the titles of the movements are in English: I. The Spheres (Kyrie); II. Sunrise (Gloria); III. The City (Credo); IV. Identity & The Ground (Sanctus). Ola Gjeilo is a young Norwegian composer who moved to New York in 2001 and has been an instant hit with his haunting and expressive choral settings.
Written three centuries earlier than Sunrise, Handel's Dixit Dominus presents a bright contrast with the music of Gjeilo. The brilliance, intensity, energy and dramatic flair of the Baroque operatic movement are very evident in this work, when Handel was only 22. The contrast in youthful perspective between this work and Sunrise (written when Gjeilo was 29) could not be greater.